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  • February 11, 2022
    This year, for Christmas, a friend gave me Alice McDermott's "What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction." I'm not writing fiction at the moment.
  • January 7, 2022
    “He loved. He cried. He was forgiven. He forgave.” That is how Archbishop Desmond Tutu said he would like to be remembered, as shown in a clip on PBS NewsHour on December 26, 2021.
  • January 18, 2021
    I am looking at a picture of the U.S. Capitol I took the last time I visited. I was with colleagues on a tour led by our intern’s mother. The Capitol looms large. It is stately. It is majestic.
  • October 29, 2020
    “Truth for authority, not authority for truth.” Lucretia Mott stood firm and was not one to shy away from controversy. “I am no advocate of passivity," she said.
  • July 2, 2020
    I wrote a while back about The Oracles, the book group organized by our good friends Ted and Anne Gleason.
  • April 13, 2020
    A snowstorm without the snow. That's what it's like in our neighborhood. The streets eerily quiet and the grocery shelves almost bare.
  • January 10, 2020
    In 2013, National Geographic explorer Paul Salopek set out on a journey around the world — walking the path the first humans traveled beginning 60,000 years ago.
  • October 2, 2019
    Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Gandhi.
  • August 11, 2019
    Tenacious and persistent—these are our stories. Two current exhibits, one in Jamestown, Virginia, and the other in Washington, D.C., underscore women’s role women in changing the course of American...
  • May 20, 2019
    Social justice has long been at the heart of many of the subjects I write about. This spring, together with the Pulitzer Center team, I worked to select the next class of student fellows, many of...